BŘECLAV, CZE – In just a couple of hours, it will all be over. A memorable week that is one of the pinnacles of every season of junior hockey will reach its conclusion and either Canada or Czech Republic will be hoisting the cup following the final game. That all, exactly ten years after Czech hockey legend Ivan Hlinka passed away in a tragic car accident.
This is actually the seventh time these two are meeting in an Ivan Hlinka final. All six previous occassions, Canadians came out victorious. So they’re looking to get two seven-consecutives along with the gold medal itself.
Canada has been perfect at the Ivan Hlinka so far. Not one game lost, eight goals allowed over four games, that’s a mark of a solid team with good defense. The defensive corps, however, might be exactly what can cause a Canada loss on this day. They allowed five just last night against USA and they did so against the Czechs a week ago before the tourney started as well.
Czechs will be looking to take advantage of that while themselves relying on solid goaltending and perfect team effort when it comes to defense. Head coach Jakub Petr transformed his players into warriors and together they built a Team with a capital “T”. Originally what Canadians came up with as a trademark of a team, the hosts now apply that successfully for second year in a row.
Meanwhile in Slovakia, Americans will battle for bronze medal with Sweden. Both teams showed they’ve got talent and since both are great offensively, and United States will have to rely on their forwards, another game full of goals should be in store for us in Piešťany. Third place is not why you go here, but if that’s the next best thing, why not fight for it? Follow the game at 15:00 local at eurolivescores.com.
Photo courtesy of Juniorský hokej CZ/SK